Strawberry Scones

April 09th, 2006  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Pastry

Strawberry Scone

Over the years, I became addicted to these rich, tender and satisfyingly sweet (but not overly so) scones. The preparation is extremely easy and the recipe below is a true classic, made tender and rich with cream, butter and eggs.

STRAWBERRY SCONE RECIPE

Adapted from Fine Cooking’s Holiday Baking special issue, Winter 2004

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup dried strawberries
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large egg yolks, lights beaten

For finishing:

  • 1 large egg lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk for glazing
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar for sprinkling

Method

  1. Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 400 F (205 C). Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the dried strawberries, tossing until evenly distributed and coated with flour (this allows the dried fruit to be evenly distributed among each wedge). Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two table knives until the largest pieces of butter are about the size of peas.
  2. In a small bowl, stir the cream and egg yolks just to blend. Add this all at once to the flour mixture. Stir with a fork to begin combining the wet and dry ingredients and then use your hands to gently knead the mixture together until all the dry indredients are absorbed into the dough and it can be gathered into a moist, shaggy ball.
  3. Do not overknead: This dough is sticky but benefits from minimal handling. Set the rough ball in the center of the prepared baking sheet and pat it gently into a round about 1 inch thick and 7 inches in diameter. Don’t be tempted to make the round any flatter.
  4. With a sharp knife or pastry scraper, cut the round into eight wedges; separate the wedges.
  5. Brush the scones with the egg-milk glaze and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake until the scones are deep golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a wedge comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Slide the parchment onto a rack and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Best served fresh, these scones will keep for up to a month, wrapped well and frozen. Thaw at room temperature and then warm in a 325 F oven.
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Comments

  1. 1 - guliz on April 13th, 2006

    It looks yummy!!! I’m gonna try this weekend.Hope I can do it well!:) by the way we are (me&my mom)eagerly waiting for your recipe of lemon poppy seeds muffins!!! :)

  2. 2 - Ozlem Arpaci on April 18th, 2006

    To one of my better established soul mates in life, I just watched an episode of our favorite show. It makes me want to cry to not have you here as I am cracking up watching Dorothy put Rose down after yet another run of her “gefluken flocken” recipe. Last Saturday, Bakingfairy and I were at my place hanging out as she was nursing me back to life after I hurt my back again and was in indescribable pain, all we wished was that you were here sitting between us and watching this horrible chick flick with us and commented your way through! I miss you terribly and can’t wait till you are back here. That meat dish looks delicious by the way. Do you know that I started cooking? God save the world! I am looking forward to your recipes. I love you. Arpaci

  3. 3 - irep on March 22nd, 2010

    I have been trying to get hold of freeze dried strawberries. How do you supply them? Please please tell.

  4. 4 - Cenk on March 22nd, 2010

    irep – I pick them from a cereal box (Kellogg’s red fruit) :) Unfortunately, the ones sold elsewhere are candied, not dried.

  5. 5 - irep on March 23rd, 2010

    Same here, the red boxes. But they are quite a limited amount and I am usually left here with boxes of plain cereal. Anyway thanks for the info.

  6. 6 - Emily on August 4th, 2010

    I just wanted to share a tip i learned while making scones- if you freeze the butter, and then grate it with a cheese grater, its a lot easier than cutting in the butter. you have nice, small chunks of butter. these scones taste delicious!

  7. 7 - Cenk on August 5th, 2010

    Emily – Thanks for the tip!

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